Four local players worth watching in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer draft in Baltimore.
ALEX MORGAN (California)
The striker from Diamond Bar (Diamond Bar HS) already is a U.S. national-teamer -- the only collegian on the roster last year -- and her explosiveness and blistering shot would fit with every team in the league. Western New York likely makes her the No. 1 pick.
CHRISTEN PRESS (Stanford)
Skillful and calculated attacker from Palos Verdes Estates (Chadwick School) is, in a lot of ways, the anti-Morgan. She's not as big or bruising or explosive, but he's got sublime skill and set every career and single-season offensive record of note at Stanford, leading the nation in scoring. Philadelphia is expected to bite at No. 2.
KYLIE WRIGHT (UCLA)
The Bruins standout from Rancho Santa Margarita (Tesoro HS) might be the best holding midfielder available. She's a U.S. U-23 veteran who has played on youth national teams since her mid-teens. A potential first-rounder.
TANYA TAYLOR (UC Irvine)
Speedy forward from Buena Park (Sunny Hills HS) was the primary producer on the Anteaters' NCAA quarterfinalists, scoring 11 goals with 12 assists. Might be a steal later in the draft.